Getting Started with Professional Development – PACT

Duration 25 hours
Available as Self-Study


This open course is designed to place you on a professional development pathway, and is setting you up for your completing a PD portfolio for the future. Professional development is something you will do every day of your life without even thinking about it; however, being conscious of the development you undertake will allow you to record this and develop in a systematic way. This badge recognises the importance of placing PD into a demanding academic schedule, and considers strategies for both how to embark on PD and self-manage the process. It is designed to encourage you to be proactive in order to begin the process of developing your current role, achieving greater satisfaction and effectiveness in your current work or taking a new career direction.

To continue your PD journey, we are recommending that a subsequent digital badge that you can take after this one is completed is the open course entitled ‘Reflective Practice on Teaching and Learning’.

You’ll Learn to

  • Reflect on what is involved in making a commitment to your own Professional Development
  • Explore and demonstrate familiarity with the national Professional Development Framework
  • Be informed by others who have already used the PD Framework and Identify key actions from these conversations for your own PD practice
  • Identify ‘next steps’ – moving from reflecting on PD to undertaking it

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 1 The Self At the core of the domains is the centrality of ‘the Self’, recognising that the professional and personal values that the individual brings to their teaching are pivotal in their development as a teacher.
  • Domain 2 Professional Identity, Values and Development in Teaching and Learning focuses on the consideration of professional and/or disciplinary identity in given contexts. The domain supports critical reflection, recognising that an individual’s professional identity can change at different stages of their career.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Dr Terry Maguire

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Dr Roisin Donnelly
Sectoral PD Implementation Manager

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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This open course is offered in two different versions of study, facilitator led or self-study.

Facilitator-led courses run at different times throughout the year and result in a digital badge. Some are entirely online, some are blended, and others face-to-face. Additional facilitator training may be provided so that you can later facilitate your own open course.

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Learn at your own pace with our on demand courses that are available online all-year-round. Self-study courses offer an on demand alternative and may result in a digital badge through our triad system of peer supported learning.

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Developer Materials (OER)

All materials generated during the development of this open course have been created (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence as open education resources (OER).

Individuals are free to use, share, repurpose, and remix this material. Materials may include face-to-face workshop materials and eLearning materials.

Important: Individuals are required to hold an open course facilitator badge to be eligible to issue open course badges. Learn more